Once Were Warriors Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 4090

Average Rating: 2.8/4

# of Ratings: 30

Theatrical Release Date: 03/03/1995

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Lee Tamahori

Actors: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga, Taungaroa Emile, Rachael Morris Jr.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 05/16/2017

A young mother living in the squalor of urban New Zealand struggles to keep her family together whilst living under the constant threat of abuse from her drunken, thuggish partner. Once Were Warriors deliberately contrasts the romantic notions of New Zealand with its grim realities from the very first shot of the film; gang culture, ghettos and racist abuse are as much a fact of life here as anywhere else. Rena Owen puts in a powerful performance as a strong woman enduring horrific attacks both for the sake of her children and because of misplaced loyalty to a man who sees himself as a lovable rogue, but is in fact a vicious, sadistic, misogynist bully. Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell is also very engaging as her teenage daughter who is exposed to the degradation of a poverty-stricken existence in …

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